As is the case with every NHL Fades, we are going to look at some players who you should think twice about placing in your lineup or who you should avoid using entirely. Remember to check back on this page later in the day for confirmations on starting goalies and keep an eye on Rotoworld’s daily blurbs for all your fantasy hockey needs.
Keep in mind that FanDuel allows you to roster nine players (2C, 4W, 2D, 1G) with a salary cap of $55,000, while DraftKings has a cap of $50,000 for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 1G, 1UT).
You should also note that there’s an early game today as the Avalanche are facing the Devils at 2:00 p.m. ET, but depending on the league format you select, that contest might not be included.
Jamie Benn (DAL) – W - $8,000 FanDuel, $6,800 DraftKings
I consider Benn to be a fade in FanDuel, but solid value in DraftKings. He’s a great winger, but he’s coming off a down season and he got off to a quiet start on Friday. Plus, this will be his second game in as many days, which is a tough way to enter the season. In FanDuel he’s the third most expensive winger, which I disagree with at this time, but DraftKings has him at eighth, which I feel is reasonable.
Rick Nash (NYR) – W - $6,000 FanDuel, $5,500 DraftKings
Nash is a worse option in FanDuel, but I’d pass on him in both leagues. He’s a former star, but he failed to reach the 40-point mark in 2015-16 or 2016-17. In the final season of his eight-year, $62.4 million contract, he might see his role with the Rangers fade as indicated by the modest 15:23 minutes he logged in the Rangers’ opener.
Brent Burns (SJ) – D - $7,300 FanDuel, $7,700 DraftKings
This is a recommendation I’m hesitant about. Burns is the most expensive defenseman available on both sites, with that gap being wider in DraftKings, but that’s not unreasonable given that he’s also the best offensive blueliner in the NHL. The reason why I’d recommend passing on him though is simply because there are a lot of desirable cheap defensemen available at the moment. Just to name a few, Zach Werenski ($5,200 FD/DK), Shayne Gostisbehere ($5,100 FD, $4,700 DK), Mike Green ($5,100 FD/DK), and Justin Schultz ($4,400 FD, $4,600 DK), are among your options tonight. It might be better to look to save money when it comes to defensemen tonight rather than go for the higher priced options.
John Tavares (NYI) – C - $8,000 FanDuel, $7,000 DraftKings
I consider Tavares more of a fade in FanDuel right now whereas his DraftKings’ value is okay. Tavares is obviously an amazing player, but in FanDuel he’s in the same range as players I have much higher hopes for in the early going, including Auston Matthews ($7,900), Tyler Seguin ($7,800), and Jack Eichel ($7,300). By contrast he’s behind all those players in his cost when it comes to DraftKings, so it’s not as much of an issue.
Devan Dubnyk (MIN) – G - $8,400 FanDuel, $7,500 DraftKings
This one is more of an FYI, but Dubnyk isn’t expected to start in this contest. We’ll have more goaltending probables below.
James van Riemsdyk (TOR) – W - $5,800 FanDuel, $6,300 DraftKings
I’m fine with van Riemsdyk’s price in FanDuel leagues, but I don’t like him in DraftKings. He’s just too close to some great options right now in DraftKings, such as Artemi Panarin ($6,300), Johnny Gaudreau ($6,400), and Brandon Saad ($6,400).
Kris Letang (PIT) – D - $6,800 FanDuel, $6,300 DraftKings
I would recommend passing on Letang in both FanDuel and DraftKings tonight. He’s the second most expensive available defenseman on both sites, excluding the injured Erik Karlsson. There’s going to be a lot of days where I’ll want to pick Letang, but Pittsburgh is something of a question mark in the short-term after the 10-1 loss suffered to Chicago and that is compounded by the fact that the Penguins will be facing a strong opponent in the Predators. Even if the Penguins bounce back tonight, which is entirely feasible as they are still a great team, it will likely be a fairly low scoring affair given their opposition.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM) – C - $4,700 FanDuel, $4,400 DraftKings
Nugent-Hopkins is more of a fade in FanDuel, but I would pass on him in either format. There’s just too many desirable value picks right now to consider a center that’s okay, but is unlikely to do anything great. For example, Nick Schmaltz is $4,800 in FanDuel and he’s playing alongside Patrick Kane right now. On DraftKings there isn’t as many juicy examples in Nugent-Hopkins range, but there are potential breakout candidates near him like Elias Lindholm ($4,400), who might also have a bit of an easier time tonight as the Wild are projected to start backup Alex Stalock.
Derek Stepan (ARI) – C - $4,800 FanDuel, $5,700 DraftKings
I like Stepan’s placing on FanDuels, but I think DraftKings is charging too much for him, so I consider him a fade for the latter site. There’s some pretty interesting alternatives to Stepan in DraftKings for that price, such as Jonathan Drouin ($5,700) and Anze Kopitar ($5,700). Stepan’s a solid center, but he might need time to settle in with Arizona and he lacks Kopitar and Drouin’s elite potential for this season.
Daniel Sedin (VAN) – W - $5,500 FanDuel, $4,700 DraftKings
I wouldn’t take Sedin in DraftKings, but I definitely would pass on him in FanDuel based on his current price. I just have very low expectations for Sedin this season. He had 15 goals and 44 points in 82 contests in 2016-17 and while some might be looking for a bounce back, I think the 37-year-old is simply fading offensively.